Did you know? The University Libraries offer course reserve services to help you make materials from the Libraries' collections or from your personal library available to your students. Find more information on the course reserves page.
Course reserves review requests to avoid copyright infringement, but instructors should also consider whether or not their course reserve requests fall within the scope of fair use. The law does not provide any specific limits on the amount of material that can be placed on electronic course reserve and made available to enrolled students; however, you can usually speed approval of your request if it is limited to:
Remember that these guidelines apply only to materials that are protected by copyright. If the material you are using is within the public domain, there are no limits regarding the portion of the item that you may copy and distribute. Similarly, free or openly licensed educational materials may be available to supplement copyrighted works in the classroom.
Whether you are using Blackboard or Canvas, the same considerations apply to help you respect copyright protections--and leverage exceptions--when developing a course website. A few important tips:
Many instructors are eager to incorporate film and video into their courses. Both the University Libraries and University Media Services work together to help you make portions of films available while complying with copyright law. Learn more.
For more information, access the University Libraries' recently revised guidelines on Copying and Distribution of Video for Educational Purposes.